09 Jul President Duterte Promises to Address War and Insurgency in Mindanao Before His Term Ends
During the celebration of Hariraya Eid’l Fitr in a convention center in Davao City where President Rodrigo Duterte attended, he spoke before the Muslim community there, “With the grace of Allah, I might be able to do this within six years. It will not come overnight. Certainly, it will not come next year.”
The event was attended by Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s (MILF) vice chairman for political affairs Ghadzali Jaafar and other leaders of the mor community.
Duterte swore that he would be able to address war and insurgency in Mindanao, mentioning that it will be something about two to three years from now, assuring Muslims that something will change before his term ends. Also, he said that his group had been fabricating a framework for federalism supported by the MILF and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
“I foresee that towards the end of the year, we’d be able to come up with the framework—kung paano gawin ang federalism. But, if the Filipino nation and a plebiscite would not want it, then I am ready to concede whatever is there in the BBL law,” Duterte said. “We are trying to do a framework and if I succeed in convincing everybody in Mindanao, if I could convince my MILF brothers and Nur Misuari, there will be a reconfiguration of the territory and most of them will occupy the regional or state positions.”
Also, Duterte assured to bring peace in Mindanao quoting him, “A promise is a promise. My word of honor is something which I value very much. Kaya ako pag nag-bitaw ng salita ‘yun na ‘yun at hindi ko na pinapalitan (For me, if I give my word, that’s it. I won’t make any changes [in my promise]),” he said. “Let us build a nation that will be founded on peace and understanding.”